Here is an interview with Lynn Chyi:
Who is your primary cooking inspiration?
Thomas Keller has been one of my favorite culinary heroes. He is a respected mentor, author,
and chef to everyone in his generation and I've had the privilege to eat his food. I am also a fan of delicious simplicity and I'm so fortunate to have Sam the Cooking Guy as my guide and friend.
What are your favorite food blogs (besides your own)?
Sam the Cooking Guy, Food 52, Smitten Kitchen, and French Laundry at Home.
What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?
I can't ever get enough of Carne Asada Fries. I cannot stand bitter melon. Please, I beg you, no more.
What is your favorite/least favorite dish to cook?
My favorite dish to cook is roasted beets. I have a love/hate relationship with French macaroons.
What is your favorite go-to dish to bring to a potluck?
Dips of all kinds. Hummus I just learned from Sam the Cooking Guy that you can substitute sesame oil and olive oil for the tahini) and guacamole are my favorite.
What is your favorite/least favorite type of cuisine and why?
My favorite type of cuisine is French. Anything French-inspired gets me inspired too. I really don't have a least favorite. I'm pretty much open to everything. I heard British food needed some work though, but I got to go there myself first.
What travel destinations have you either been to or want to travel to for food inspiration?
Oh wow, this isn't a fair question, the list could go on. Outside of the United States: Scandinavia, Australia, Croatia, Spain, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Vancouver. Inside: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.
What are your top 3 songs to cook to?
I don't really cook to music. But if I did: "Fly Me to the Moon" by Bart Howard/Frank Sinatra, "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, and anything from Sigur Ros — so inspirational sometimes.
Why did you want to be a contestant?
Quite simply, I was blessed with an opportunity that I didn't deserve. I knew I loved cooking and being creative in (and out of) the kitchen but what I really longed for was a chance to share it with people. This is why I wanted to get that white apron so badly. It was the catalyst I needed to jumpstart that chance.
What is your favorite comfort food and why?
In the end, it would have to be Asian cuisine as a whole. I grew up eating Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese food, and even the smells of an Asian kitchen can bring me back home.
Pick 3 words that define what meals with friends and family mean to you.
Service, blessing and memories. Family meals (and I mean meals with close friends too) made me who I am today. There's something enriching and satisfying about serving others and talking over a delicious plate of food. You bond, you laugh, and you cry. Life gets remembered at a dinner table and when it gets paired with amazing food, it's almost magical.